half Paisa of Islam Shah, minted in Shahgarh in AH 959.

Started by Rangnath, January 14, 2009, 05:14:11 AM

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Rangnath

Is this one a coin of the Sultanates?  It is a beautiful coin, isn't? 
It is 10.1 grams; the size and shape of a light rupee.  It is quite dark and I suppose that it could be other than pure copper. 
richie

Overlord

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Simply stunning to say the least!
To me, this looks like a coin (1/2 Paisa?) of Islam Shah Suri. Not sure about the mint---could be Shahgarh Kanauj.

The second image is the obverse.

Rangnath

Thanks to you, Overlord, I found it.  It seems identical to D1017 in Goron and Goenka. As you said, it is a half Paisa of Islam Shah, minted in Shahgarh in AH 959.  It is a lovely coin.  Ah, for a pocket full of change from the 16th century.
richie

Figleaf

I once had the opportunity to strike a coin by hammering in York's Jorvik Viking Centre. I was surprised by how much power and precision it took. With that experiment in mind, I think the brute with the hammer who struck this coin was a master in his trade.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

Rangnath

Sounds like fun Peter.  Just curious; how heavy was the hammer?  I agree that this coin is exceptional.  For some reason, it must have disappeared from circulation early on.
richie

Figleaf

It made my week, Richie. I think they still have that attraction. The only thing coming close was lifting a mail coat, which I did in Barcelona's historical museum. They had kiddie hammers (much like the toys Parisians use to drive screws in their walls) and serious hammers if you wanted a well struck coin. I learned that you need to place the flan just right, near the centre of the die, that the upper die must be held at a straight angle and that the blow must be squarely on the upper die mount and at a straight angle. I got it right the second time, but it required strength and concentration and I couldn't have done it a full hour, let alone 12 hours at high speed.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.